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Trojan, Panther grapplers face tough foes in NC Invitational

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New Castle wrestler Traye Owens (on top) records one of his four pins over an opponent in the 120-pound weight class during last Saturday’s New Castle Invitational in the Fieldhouse. Owens also won a decision to go 5-0 on the day for the host Trojans.
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New Castle wrestler Tytus Ragle (top) clearly has the advantage here in the 152-pound weight class against Fort Wayne South’s Stefan Coffin during last Saturday’s New Castle Invitational in the Fieldhouse. Ragle pinned Coffin in 1:28 and was 5-0 for the day with other wins by pin, major decision, decision, and forfeit.
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Knightstown wrestler David Peck (top) grapples with his Beech Grove opponent in the 113-pound weight class during last Saturday’s New Castle Invitational in the Fieldhouse. Peck won a decision over his Hornet foe and the Panthers defeated Beech Grove 42-27.
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Knightstown wrestler Aiden Orcutt (top) has the advantage over his Whiteland opponent in the 195-pound weight class during last Saturday’s New Castle Invitational in the Fieldhouse. Orcutt, a junior, had four wins in his matches on the day.

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Both the New Castle and Knightstown High School wrestling teams faced tough competition during last Saturday’s eight-team New Castle Invitational.

For the host Trojans, it was their season-opening meet. New Castle had to forfeit in many of the weight classes and dropped all five team matches to their opponents.

Fighting through injuries and with many wrestlers moving up weight classes to fill spots, the Panthers ended the day with a 1-4 record, bringing their season record to 3-4.

The Trojans’ Traye Owens and Titus Ragle had an outstanding day. Owens won all five of his matches in at 120 pounds and Ragle did the same at 152 pounds.

In New Castle’s 60-18 loss to Fort Wayne South, Owens pinned Soe Oo in 1:38 and Ragle pinned Stefan Coffin in 1:28. In addition, the host’s Garrison McCune pinned his Archer opponent in 50 seconds at 126 pounds for the Trojans’ other points in that match.

During New Castle’s 66-12 loss to Frankton, Owens pinned Clayton Slayton in 2:45 and Ragle won by forfeit.

In the Trojans’ 66-6 loss to North Central (Indianapolis), Owens won a 10-8 decision over Logan Galbraith and Ragle won a 9-4 decision over Colby Lemaster.

Pendleton Heights defeated New Castle 72-12, but Owens pinned Jayden Tong in 45 seconds and Ragle pinned Zach Stanford in 1:48.

During Whiteland’s 66-16 victory over New Castle, Owens pinned Jonathan Grant in 1:05, Ragle won a 20-7 major decision over Kobe King, and McCune won by forfeit at 126 pounds.

The Trojans had only seven wrestlers compete on the day. In addition to Owens, Ragle, and McCune, Isaac White (132 pounds), Bryan Buell (138 pounds), Chase Vaughn (220 pounds), and Trevor Raynor (285 pounds) wrestled one or more matches in their weight classes.

New Castle had to forfeit at 106, 113, 145, 160, 170, 182, and 195 pounds. Double forfeits occurred in some of the matches, resulting in no points for either side.

New Castle travels to Delta tonight and hosts another Invitational this Saturday with competition starting at 8:30 a.m.

The highlight of the day for Knightstown came with a 42-27 win against the Beech Grove Hornets. 113 lb. senior David Peck and 138 lb. junior Nick Walsh both picked up wins by decision, while junior 132 lb. Justin Lane won by forfeit.

Also for the Panthers, 120 lb. junior Kalen Carter, 152 lb. junior Landon Carmichael, 170 lb. sophomore Mason Muncy, 182 lb. sophomore Liam Orcutt, and 195 lb. junior Aiden Orcutt all picked up pins in the Saturday’s competition.

For individual performances, Walsh was the sole undefeated wrestler for Knightstown with five wins on the day. Sophomore Sam Thomas (285 lbs.) and A. Orcutt picked up four wins apiece, with Thomas picking up three pins.

Also for the Panthers, there were two wins apiece for Lane, Carter, and 126 lb. sophomore Logan Jordan, while Peck, 138 lb. junior Nick Lawson, Muncy, 170 lb. sophomore Ben Newby, and Carmichael all finished the day with single victories.

Knightstown wrestling Head Coach Robbie Hadley said after the meet that he saw room for improvement following his team’s performance.

“I think that this is an opportunity for us to learn and get better,” Hadley remarked. “We faced some quality opponents, but this is still not the outcome we were hoping for. We are going to double down on our efforts to make sure we learn from this experience.”

The Panthers will return to the mats at home Saturday for the Panther Wrestling Invitational and Henry County Tournament at the Knightstown High School gymnasium. Action will get underway at 9 a.m.